Synonyms of paralyse
paralyse or (US) paralyze
1 disableDictionary • Her sister had been paralysed in a road accident.
disable • Tendon damage really disabled her.
cripple • He had been warned that another bad fall could cripple him for life.
debilitate • Fear threatened to debilitate me.
incapacitate • A serious fall incapacitated him.
2 freezeDictionary • He was paralysed with fear.
stun • He stood his ground and took a heavy blow that stunned him.
numb • The cold numbed my fingers.
petrify • His story petrified me.
transfix • We were all transfixed by the images of war.
stupefy • The aim is to shock, upset, stupefy, or just plain scare them.
3 immobilizeDictionary • The strike has virtually paralysed the country.
immobilize • a car alarm that immobilizes the engine
halt • Striking workers halted production at the auto plant yesterday.
cripple • A total cut-off of supplies would cripple the country's economy.
arrest • The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
bring to a standstill
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arrestIf something or someone arrests a process, they stop it continuing.
• The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
benumbto make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
crippleIf someone is crippled by an injury, it is so serious that they can never move their body properly again.
• He had been warned that another bad fall could cripple him for life.
Thesaurus for paralyse from the Collins English Thesaurus